Overnight Violence Brings the Number of Mass Shootings in the US This Year to 267
So far this year, we have suffered 267 mass shootings. That’s the new tally after four incidents occurred across the country between Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
Biden Urges G-7 Leaders to Call out and Compete With China
White House officials have said Biden wants the leaders of the G-7 to speak in a single voice against forced labor practices targeting China’s Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities.
Teachers Wary of New Laws Limiting Instruction on Race
In response to a push for culturally responsive teaching, Republican lawmakers and governors have championed legislation to limit the teaching of material that explores how race and racism influence American politics, culture and law.
US Closes Trump-Era Office for Victims of Immigrant Crime
Trump created the Victim Of Immigration Crime Engagement Office, known by its acronym VOICE, by executive order during his first week in office in January 2017. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said it was replacing VOICE with a “more comprehensive and inclusive victim support system.”
AMA Doctors Meet Amid Vocal Backlash Over Racial Equity Plan
The six-day meeting that began Friday is being held virtually because of the pandemic. It offers a chance for doctors to adopt policies that spell out how the AMA should implement its health equity plan. But some white doctors say the plan goes too far.
The Week in Review: Chicago, Illinois Fully Reopen
City and state are fully reopened after a long 15 months. The remap fights heat up. A former alderman may have secretly recorded Madigan. And an elected school board on the agenda in Springfield.
Chicago Jumps to Fifth in Annual Ranking of US Park Systems, With Equity Added to Metrics
Chicago gets high marks for access, with 98% of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park versus the national average of 55%.
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Puts Elegant Spin on Season’s Third Live Concert
“Overture,” the final entry in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s springtime series of three different programs was performed live in Orchestra Hall on Thursday. Remaining performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
Lightfoot Asks State Lawmakers for ‘More Time’ as Pivotal Elected School Board Vote Looms
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has less than three days to convince Democratic lawmakers to reject or revise the plan negotiated by state Sen. Robert Martwick, D-Chicago.
Man Charged With Tossing Explosive Device at Naperville Restaurant Pleads Guilty
Diego Vargas, 26, entered a guilty plea on Thursday on a single count of maliciously attempting to damage and destroy a building by means of an explosive device, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.
Mount Recyclemore Sends a Message to G-7 Leaders About the Towering Problem of Electronic Waste
The towering sculpture, constructed near the site of this weekend’s G-7 summit, sounds the alarm about the growing problem of electronic waste.
Lightfoot Won’t Commit to Up-Or-Down Vote to Rename Lake Shore Drive for DuSable
“Here’s what I’ve heard from residents all over the city: A lot of them don’t want the name to be changed,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.
Chicago Police Officer Charged in Connection to Jan. 6 US Capitol Breach
Karol Chwiesiuk is facing five misdemeanor charges, including disorderly conduct, disrupting government business and entering a restricted building, according to a federal complaint filed Friday.
Legislators, Students Push for K-12 Asian American Studies
Illinois would become the first state to require public schools to teach Asian American studies if the governor signs a bill that cleared the state Legislature. Lawmakers have proposed similar mandates this year in Connecticut, New York and Wisconsin.
In US, Pride Month Festivities Muted by Political Setbacks
For many, the top political priority is passage of the Equality Act, which would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people.